2020 Andalucia MotoGP: Quartararo makes it two wins in a row

2020 Andalucia MotoGP: Quartararo makes it two wins in a row

27th Jul 2020 3:05 pm

Quartararo’s win makes him the second youngest racer to achieve back-to-back race wins; Vinales and Rossi secure podium finishes.

  • Quartararo took an unchallenged second victory at Jerez
  • Rossi secured his first podium finish since the 2019 American GP over a year ago
  • Brutal conditions saw a total of eight DNFs

Fabio Quartararo’s victory at the Jerez circuit in the second race of the 2020 MotoGP season marks a milestone for the 21-year-old Frenchman – back-to-back wins. He has become the second youngest racer to achieve the milestone, after Marc Marquez. Maverick Viñales took 2nd place, with Valentino Rossi crossing the line 3rd, making it a Yamaha 1-2-3 finish. The podium finish was also Rossi’s 199th MotoGP podium; it’s been over a year since his previous podium finish at the 2019 American GP.

Yamahas fight it out at the top

Starting from pole position, and on the back of his first premier class win, Fabio Quartararo was the man to look out for at the Andalucía GP. Quartararo got a strong launch off the start line, with the two Yamahas of Viñales and Rossi fighting it out behind him. In the opening laps, Vinales ran wide, which allowed Rossi to get past him. Despite a number of attempts to get past Rossi, Viñales didn’t manage to overtake him until the very last lap. The feud between the two factory Yamahas allowed Quartaro to pull away from the rest of the crowd, to an almost uncontested victory.

Promising performance from Pramac Ducati

Behind the Yamaha riders was Francesco Bagnaia in 4th and Jack Miller in 5th. With 10 laps to go, both Pramac Ducati riders managed to get past Viñales. Unfortunately, Miller lost his front end at turn 9, ending his race.

In one of his best performances yet, Bagnaia also got past Rossi to take 2nd place. The Italian, a product of the VR46 Riders Academy, was starting to pull away from his mentor when his bike started spewing smoke, putting an unfortunate end to what could have been his best-ever finish.

This saw Rossi back up into second, with Viñales just behind him. After several failed attempts, just when it looked like Viñales wouldn’t find a way past Rossi, the latter ran slightly wide at Turn 9 and Viñales pounced at the opportunity to move up to 2nd place.

Takaki Nakagami’s 4th place result marks the Japanese rider’s best finish in the premier class - 6.113secs away from the win, and half a second from the podium. Joan Mir finished in 5th, followed by Andrea Dovizioso, who recovered from a P14 start. In 7th place was Pol Espargaro, with Alex Marquex in 8th and Johann Zarco and Alex Rins rounding off the top 10.

The race also saw a fair number of DNFs – eight in total – with Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Brad Binder, Danilo Petrucci, Miller, Aleix Espargaro, Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira all having to retire. Just days after undergoing surgery for a fractured humerus, Marc Marquez decided to pull out of the race after completing a string of warm-up laps on Saturday.

The next race will be the Monster Energy Grand Prix Českérepubliky on August 9, 2020.

2020 Andalucía MotoGP Results:

POS

RIDER

TEAM

LAPS

GAP

1

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas Yamaha

25

41m22.666d

2

Maverick Vinales

Yamaha

25

4.495

3

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

25

5.546

4

Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

25

6.113

5

Joan Mir

Suzuki

25

7.693

6

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

25

12.554

7

Pol Espargaro

KTM

25

17.488

8

Alex Marquez

Honda

25

19.357

9

Johann Zarco

Avintia Racing

25

23.523

10

Alex Rins

Suzuki

25

27.091

11

Tito Rabat

Avintia Racing

25

33.628

12

Bradley Smith

Aprilia

25

36.306

13

Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda

25

1 lap

-

Francesco Bagnaia

Pramac Ducati

19

DNF

-

Franco Morbidelli

Petronas Yamaha

16

DNF

-

Brad Binder

KTM

12

DNF

-

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

11

DNF

-

Jack Miller

Pramac Ducati

10

DNF

-

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

8

DNF

-

Iker Lecuona

Tech3 KTM

5

DNF

-

Miguel Oliveira

Tech3 KTM

0

DNF

 

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